So...what does scare you?Slasher flicks? Monsters that jump out at you? An American werewolf in a foreign country? Transylvania 6-5000? (Do any of you get that reference?) Mine would be ghosts. I watched the movie “13 Ghosts” between two fingers.
Despite my cowardice, I love Halloween. The macabre. Things that go bump in the night. Probably because I love paranormal things. Sometimes it’s too fantastical to be real and yet, I believe it. I’ve lived in a haunted house and witnessed too many unexplained things not to be a believer. And I’ve passed on that love to my son, who refuses to watch Jason, Michael Myers or Pennywise, yet loves the story behind these serial killer slashers. He loves watching The Kill Count on Youtube. He loves the jumpscares in his games, spending hours at Spirit Halloween watching the animatronics, and people’s reaction if they are scared. And he’s drawn them pretty well, if I do say so myself.
We watch all the monster movies we can. His favorite is “A Nightmare Before Christmas”. I prefer “Corpse Bride”. But there’s “Hocus Pocus”, “The Addams Family” (both movies), “Paranorman”, “Monster House”, “Hotel Transylvania”…wait, you say these aren’t scary?
True. They aren’t. But to us they add to the wonderfully ghoulish feel of decorations, atmosphere, and excitement that culminates in a night of tricks or treat. I usually have to make my son’s costume because he always picks something that isn’t store bought. This year he’s Sammy Lawrence from Bendy & the Ink Machine. Don’t know what that is? Here's a pic of him:
But Halloween is more than just scary movies. It’s origin goes all the way back to the Celtic festival of Samhain, when ghosts and spirits came out to haunt, and the Celts would appease the spirits by giving them treats. It’s fun and it’s scary, and the one night a year when we can all go a little morbid. Or be a slutty vampire hunter because hey, it's Halloween and I can show my almost cleavage all I want! Actually, no, I don't. I have to work.
Thank you and happy haunting!